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Heritage Commission Overview
The Heritage Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Governing Body for three (3) year terms.  The Heritage Commission shall be organized in the manner and have the powers and duties provided by Section 29 of the Zoning Code.  It shall not be a requirement to reside within the city limits of Abilene, Kansas to serve on said commission, however, the majority of said commission should reside within the city limits of Abilene, Kansas. (Ord. 2922 11/00)

Heritage Commission Duties
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The City of Abilene has a 7-member appointed Heritage Commission.  The Heritage Commission performs the following functions.

  • Administers the local Historic Preservation Ordinance to include the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness for improvements to properties on the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Educates the public on wise preservation practices, programs and incentives for preservation;
  • Evaluates permitted development projects for their impact on the environs of properties on the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on applications to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Maintains a historic resources inventory; and
  • Informs the public on the economic benefits of historic preservation.

Current Members and terms
Name Term
Velda Becker (V-Chair) 2019
Dennis Medina 2017
Nanc Scholl (Chair) 2018
Duane Schrag 2017
Jeff Sheets 2017
VACANT 2018 VACANT 2019

Meeting and Contact Information
The Heritage Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4pm in the Jordan Room of the Abilene Public Library.

For more information or questions regarding the Heritage Commission please feel free to contact:

Daniel Shea
Community Development Director
785-263-2355

Historic Preservation Documents
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The following forms are associated with the activities of the Heritage Commission.

Zoning Ordinance, Section 29 - Historic Conservation District;
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation;
Downtown Abilene Historic District Nomination;
Abilene Downtown Historic District, by James Holland, Sally Schwenk and Kerry Davis




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